The aviation sector has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and there is now a significant shortage of personnel qualified to work in the industry. This does not just apply to pilots, but to maintenance and support staff that keep these aircraft flying.
There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft that require expertise in the management, planning and organisation of maintenance scheduling.
The Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Systems degree will qualify you to work in these areas while also giving you the option of studying towards an accelerated EASA Part-66 Basic Aircraft Maintenance Licence.
As USW is an approved EASA Part-147 organisation, upon graduation and providing you took the embedded educations requirements for the Part-66 licence, you will have completed a course accredited by the CAA, EASA and GCAA. This means you will have the necessary academic requirements and practical training to gain the full basic license with just two years of appropriate industrial experience instead of the usual five years. These multiple approvals from the governing regulatory authorities allow our students to embark on careers in Britain, Europe, and the UAE.
This aviation programme offers excellent career opportunities worldwide. This degree, will enable you to gain worldwide employment with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools and the armed forces.
What you will study
The BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree has the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 66 Aircraft maintenance licence fully embedded within the university modules. This allows you the opportunity to obtain this industry recognised qualification whilst you study for your degree. The University of South Wales is the only EASA part 147 UK University currently approved to deliver and award this qualification as part of its BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree.
Year One: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree
In year one, you’ll study the principles of engineering and the EASA B1.1 Basic Knowledge modular structure in greater depth. You’ll study the basic laws and theories of electrical and electronic fundamentals, aircraft materials, aerodynamics, physics, analytical methods, and professional practice.
- Analytical Methods for Engineers
- Aerospace Mechanics
- Electronic Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers
- Aerospace Materials and Hardware
- Electrical Fundamentals for Maintenance Engineers
- Professional Engineering Techniques
Year Two: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree
In year two, you’ll enhance your knowledge of propellers, maintenance practice, instrumentation systems and human factors, and hone practical and workshop skills. You’ll also study engineering management and issues surrounding the aircraft maintenance industry.
- Maintenance Practice for B1 Licence
- Aircraft Instrumentation Systems
- Managing Human Factors
- Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management
- Maintenance and Repair of Aircraft Propeller Systems
Year Three: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree
In year three, you’ll study aircraft structures and systems, gas turbine engines, aviation legislation, and complete a dissertation project.
- Aero-Structures, Aerodynamics and Systems
- Individual Project
- Aerospace Turbine Propulsion Systems
- Aviation Legislation
- Supervised Work Experience (SWE)
The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars, in addition to independently preparing for lectures. The course is an intensive study package, you will be required to attend classes for up to 27 hours per week during term time. The first year is mostly based on theoretical aspects of aircraft engineering but there are some elements of practical activities in the avionic modules. The second and third year studies are more mixed with practical activities such as working on the aircraft, carrying out mechanical repairs in the workshop and using composite materials.
You will be assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. EASA Part-66 examinations lead to a professional qualification and are governed by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules and regulations.
* EASA Part 66 Licence: Complete all three years of the degree, attain 90% attendance of the EASA elements, pass EASA modules at 75%, complete 360 hours of approved practical training (additional costs may apply and are at the discretion of your Part 145 host organisation) and you’ll be able to apply for an EASA Part 66 Licence after two years’ experience. Otherwise, you will need five years’ experience.
There may be an additional cost for the practical training depending on the maintenance organisation. Once the criteria above have been successfully met, you will be eligible for a three-year reduction in your professional experience requirement for an EASA Part-66 Licence.
If you do not meet all of the above criteria for the accelerated route, you will transfer to the non-accelerated route and will need five years’ professional experience in order to apply for an EASA Part-66 Licence.
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